Tour2Include: Fostering Migrants’ employability in the tourism sector through tailored training offers

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Tour2Include: Fostering Migrants’ employability in the tourism sector through tailored training offers

20 November 2019Migration

What are the key competences required by the tourism sector? How can the inclusion of people with a migration background in this sector be facilitated?

The Tour2Include project sets out to answer these and other questions in a two-year process aimed at the creation of training programmes tailored to migrants’ specific educational needs regarding tourism-related professions. Six organisations from three different European countries, Germany, Italy and Greece, are working together to create an innovative approach that provides learning pathways for people with migration background wishing to work in the tourism sector, improving their living and working conditions and facilitating the creation of more inclusive societies.

Employability and the European tourism sector

According to Eurostat 2016, 7% of the total workforce in the European tourism sector is made up by non-EU citizens. Oftentimes, these labourers work under unacceptable conditions, having no regular working contracts and thus no career perspectives. These circumstances create an undesirable situation for all people involved, not only the workers themselves who are refused proper salaries or entitlement to holidays, but also for our civil societies, hindering social inclusion processes and fostering dissatisfaction, mistrust and marginalisation of certain groups of people.

The project’s objectives

Tour2Include – Migrants’ Integration into Tourism-Related Professions project aims at counteracting the exploitation processes through the enhancement of possessed skills and the development and strengthening of those missing, through an adequate formal evaluation and certification of the technical, transversal and intercultural skills necessary for effective employment and career advancement in the European tourism sector.

In order to realise this vision, the project aims at reaching the following objectives:

  • Identifying the professions/positions within the tourism sector for whom people with a migration background are well-suited;
  • Supporting low-skilled migrants in acquiring the necessary hard and soft/intercultural skills and competencies to access the tourism sector;
  • Assessing migrants' prior educational path and determining a renewed skillset that corresponds to the existing demands of the tourism sector;
  • Developing training programmes and materials adapted to the needs of migrants and their tutors;
  • Offering improved career perspectives to migrants who work/ wish to work in the tourism sector and
  • Increasing migrants' employability in the tourism sector and streamlining it through formal employment channels thus combatting illicit employment.

In doing to, the partnership aims to improve the inclusion of immigrants in EU societies by facilitating access to the labour market, actively involving different stakeholders in the process, such as career guidance professionals, public and private institutions and migrants themselves.

On the 14th of November 2019, all partners gathered for the first time at the project coordinator’s headquarter in Berlin, Germany, to get to know each other and discuss the first steps to be taken, in order to plan, coordinate and implement the upcoming activities as well as reach the set goals of the actions.

About the project

Tour2Include – Migrants’ Integration into Tourism-Related Professions is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education.

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Read more about Tour2Include

For further positive information about the project, please read the project description or contact Paula Goltzsche: paula.goltzsche@cesie.org

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